Premier League predictions for Gameweek 12: Tips, picks & scorelines
The Premier League inches closer to the festive period and things are starting to take shape at the top of the table.
Tottenham are the current pace-setters, leading the charge ahead of reigning champions Liverpool, though both Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are neck and neck on 24 points apiece, and they each face an away match this Sunday, with Spurs staying in the capital and taking on Crystal Palace, while the Reds also contest in London, colliding with strugglers Fulham.
Clinging to their coattails are Leicester in fourth and they conclude gameweek 12, playing host to Brighton at 7.15pm, while 15th-placed Arsenal will look to stop the rot when Mikel Arteta welcomes Sean Dyche and his notoriously tricky Burnley to north London.
There’s also the small matter of high-flying Southampton against basement club Sheffield United for the lunchtime kick-off. So, plenty to look forward to this Sunday, but how do we think these games will pan out? Read on for Squawka Bet’s predictions.
The Saints won both of their Premier League meetings with Sheffield United last season despite the South Yorkshire club enjoying a stellar return to the top-flight. Chris Wilder’s side are at sixes and sevens currently with just the single point from 11 games and without a win, so Southampton could replicate that feat this time around.
Danny Ings returned to action last week against Brighton and found his name on the scoresheet, albeit from the spot, which adds an extra layer of gloss to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s prospects of a home win this weekend against a dejected side, and that is exactly how we think it will go. Scoreline prediction: Southampton 2-0 Sheffield United
Crystal Palace vs Spurs prediction
Crystal Palace are winless in their last 10 Premier League meetings with Tottenham but following a thumping 5-1 win at the hands of West Brom last week, Roy Hodgson has generated some momentum heading into this contest against the division’s current table-toppers.
Jose Mourinho has constructed an exceptionally balanced side, with the blossoming partnership of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min a devastating prospect for any defence. The Portuguese coach loves a London derby as well, having won 40 of his 63 Premier League capital contests (64 per cent), which is the highest ratio of any coach to manage at least 20 such derbies in the Premier League.Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Spurs
Fulham vs Liverpool prediction
Liverpool have won their last six Premier League meetings with Fulham by an aggregate scoreline of 18-4, and given the current trajectory of both clubs, it is hard not to envisage a comprehensive win for the away side, such is the form of Klopp’s side.
Things have started to look up for Scott Parker and his charges, typified by that resounding 2-1 win over Leicester a fortnight ago, but they were unable to ask questions of Man City last time out, and given the calibre of oppositions this weekend, it’s difficult to look past a similar result. Scoreline prediction: Fulham 0-2 Liverpool
Arsenal vs Burnley prediction
Mikel Arteta is a polarising tactician at the Emirates, with the good work of winning an FA Cup now shrouded by the mists of time as Arsenal currently find themselves in 15th and without a win in four Premier League games, including a deflating loss in the north London derby last week.
Dyche will be hoping to capitalise on the general malaise surrounding the Gunners this weekend and set up to frustrate an under-fire Arteta. The Clarets can be one of the most frustrating opponents to face on their day, but Arsenal should have enough quality to get over the line… just. Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Burnley
Leicester vs Brighton prediction
Two clubs at opposite ends of the spectrum, Leicester are in solid nick at the minute, with Jamie Vardy firing on all cylinders and Nampalys Mendy proving an excellent stand-in for the injured Wilfred Ndidi, while Brighton are seriously struggling for consistency under Graham Potter.
When in full flow the Seagulls are a joy to watch, playing aesthetically-pleasing football with neat interplay and slick rhythm, but hitting the onion bag has proven a struggle this term, which will likely continue against the Foxes, a club that knows how to thrive at both ends of the pitch. Scoreline prediction: Leicester 2-0 Brighton